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Great value in the ongoing Dust Wars saga...

Great value in the ongoing Dust Wars saga...

03-03-2008 07:43 PM by Greg3G | 14 comments »

I purchased this at the Baltimore Woodworking Show recently. I was in the market for one (cough, cough, wheeze ? ) and was looking at both the Delta and the Steel City. They had received the best reviews so I thought I would look at them first hand. The found that the both machines were fairly comparable in statics but the Steel City came at a better price; I picked it up for $320 including tax which was about $40 less than the Delta. I do like the 1 micron bag that comes standard. I also ...

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Craft Suppies friction polish

Craft Suppies friction polish

03-03-2008 04:22 AM by Sawdust2 | 4 comments »

When The Wood Show was in Atlanta Craft Supplies was teaching folks how to turn pens. I think that is where TimD made his first pen.I had been using CA and BLO as my preferred finishing method for bottle stoppers and pens. But that usually meant sanding to at least 4800 grit, three or four coats of CA and BLO and even then the next day the finish might have dulled down.Thought I’d give Craft Supplies Friction Polish a try.Just sanded to 2400 with mm then friction polish with a paper tow...

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Five Stars for 5 basic tools

Five Stars for 5 basic tools

03-02-2008 10:20 PM by Shopsmithtom | 23 comments »

The year was 1947. Hans Goldschmidt thought that post war America could use a quality combination woodworking tool. Most do-it-yourself folks at the time didn’t have the luxury of having a large basement or spare building to devote to a workshop. He was right. It became the largest selling power tool of its time. The ads talked of having 5 power tools in one, with accessories for at least a half dozen more. In 1952, my dad was listening. This is a long overdue review of that ve...

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I BADMOUTHED THE WRONG COMPRESSOR

I BADMOUTHED THE WRONG COMPRESSOR

03-02-2008 03:43 PM by jockmike2 | 21 comments »

A while back I gave a negative review to this 2-in-1 brad / stapler with compressor, here on Lumberjocks. I was recently contacted by the “Director of Product Developement at Stanely Bostich.” I Quote, ” Your post regarding your frustrating experience with our compressor just came across my desk. First, I would like to apologize for the inconvience and frustration this problem caused you. For a short period of time, the valve plate was out of our specification which could le...

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Rikon Drill Press and Orion Mortising Attachment

Rikon Drill Press and Orion Mortising Attachment

03-02-2008 02:20 AM by shaun | 11 comments »

I went to the March Madness sale at Woodcraft today and came home with a new benchtop drill press and I grabbed up an Orion mortising attachment while I was there. I caught the eary bird part of the sale so I got an additional 5% off. The drill press retails at Woodcraft for $249.99. For the eary bird deal they take the additional 5% off after they apply the 10% discount so it ended up costing me about $214 before sales tax. It’s a 13” drill press with a 1/2 hp motor. Prett...

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Rockler Power Air Respirator

Rockler Power Air Respirator

03-02-2008 12:06 AM by Dick, & Barb Cain | 36 comments »

I wanted a respirator that I could wear all by itself. I didn’t want to contend with any head gear. I have used regular dust masks over the years, but after wearing them for awhile, it takes a lot more effort to breath.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~After seeing this one in Rockler I ordered one.It’s surprising how that little built in fan helps in your breathing, & it keeps your face cool. The fan is very quiet, & it runs on 4 AA batte...

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Sharpen your mortise chisels

Sharpen your mortise chisels

03-01-2008 09:11 PM by Karson | 15 comments »

Rockler and others have this tool to sharpen your mortise chisels. Trust me they don’t come sharpl Lee Vally has just the sharpening cones for $7.95 a better buy than Rockler. It’s a cone with diamond sharpening grits on the edge. The picture doesn’t show but it does come with 2 grit sizes, course and fine. I placed the diamond cone in my drill press and lightly brought it into the inside of the mortise chisel Ligntly do that until you get all edges of the chisel sharp...

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Performax 10-20 Plus Review

Performax 10-20 Plus Review

03-01-2008 08:12 PM by KevinD | 25 comments »

Specs (from the manual):Max Width – 20” (2 passes)Min. Length – 2 1/4” Max Thickness – 3” Min thickness – 1/32” Drum – 5” X 10” Extruded AluminumDrum Speed – 1700 RPMDust chute – 4” Conveyor Motor – 43 in-lb. Torque, Direct Drive DCConveyor Feed Rate – 0 – 12 FPM Infinately VariableMotor (TEFC) – 1HP, 1Ph, 115V onlyNet Weight – 96 lbs. My review:I purchased one of these a week ...

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The classic Unisaw

The classic Unisaw

03-01-2008 08:26 AM by GaryK | 13 comments »

After using a Delta contractor saw for about 9 years I finally moved to my new shop with the roomfor a full size saw. I bought this saw while my shop was being built. Amazon had mis-priced this saw so I jumped on it and got it for $1340 delivered. Plus a $100 rebate from Delta. The next day Amazon bumped the price up to $1900. What can you saw about the Unisaw. They started making them about 1937 and most all saws made todayare based on it. You can probably still get parts for your 60 y...

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Auriou Cabinet Files

Auriou Cabinet Files

03-01-2008 08:15 AM by mjon | 4 comments »

If it’s possible to get excited about a simple and ancient tool, these little handmade French cabinet files have me giddy. Generally, files are nothing to get too thrilled about—but the quality of these files is exceptional from the moment you pick one up. The balance is remarkable and the handle is smaller than any I’ve ever used. As a result, they fit in your hand comfortably. When I say the files are handmade, that is to say they are actually hand-punched. They have ...

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